Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Multi-Cultural Celebration

At St. Luke's Primary School we had a wonderful Multi-Cultural Celebration to honor all the various nationalities we have attending and working at our school.

Parents, teachers, and students from the many nationalities attending the school created displays about their country of origin. We have about 17 nationalities at our school, and many of them had nice displays. Each class went around in a group to each display while the parents or students or teachers talked about their country of origin.  It was a really fun and educational day for all the students, parents, and visitors who attended.

I helped one of the parents--whose children have dual US/Dominican citizenship---with the US display. Most people cooked food from their country to go along with the display--I baked an apple pie  for the American display. I was really pleased to also hang up the Postcard Project and explain it to all the parents and visitors to our Celebration; the US map and US postcards got plenty of great attention from everyone. The Dominica Public Library: Roseau also brought books by American Authors courtesy of their "American Corner" which is maintained by the U.S. Embassy on Barbados. At the end we (the presenters & teachers) all shared the great food from all the countries.

Here are few highlights from the event...

The US display : the students & parents from the US made informative displays about US Holidays, Native Americans and the Statue of Liberty.

I drew this turkey for the US display, and talked about our Thanksgiving Holiday.....

I baked an apple pie with imported apples...
Students looking at the US display....

Some students enjoying the Postcard Project. Awhile ago I started this project : I asked my FaceBook Friends and family, and e-mailed friends and asked them to send me postcards from their town in the US which reflected something about where they lived. I promised that if they included their address on the card, I would send them a postcard from Dominica made by my art students. I received quite a few postcards--and they are  still arriving! I then made a display in my art classroom with a big US map----with lines to the town or city where the postcards are from---and I placed the postcards in pockets on the wall so the students can take them out and read them.
Island of Gaudeloupe display.
Island of Gaudeloupe display.

Canadian display.

Island of St. Lucia display.

Island of Jamaica display
Painting from Jamaica.

Island of Antigua display.

Island of Barbados display.

Swiss display.

Venezuelan display.

English display.

English display.

Island of Dominica display.

Island of Dominica display.

French display.
Netherlands display.

Belgium display.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Birds and Fish

At St. Luke's Primary School the past few weeks--in grades kinder through 3,  I have been doing some guided drawings. First,  I led the 1st graders through a guided drawing of simple birds, then I just let them paint them with the liquid watercolors. I only cautioned them to wash out their brush before changing to a new color. We drew the birds with black oil pastels so the outlines resist the water colors. They did great !
I always love how each drawing/painting is so different!

 And with the 3rd graders I did the same with tropical fish--we used an oil pastel resist, then painted blue watercolors over the guided drawings. The oil pastel resist makes the fish pop out--the kids just love that! Again each fish is so different...

This little guy reminded me of "Finding Nemo"....
And here is where the magic all happens...the entrance to my art classroom!